Right before my summer trip to Ibiza, I decided to take my hair platinum blonde. To say it’s a process is an understatement. But after two 10 hour appointments, I am in love with final outcome!
One thing that I didn’t plan was the timing of my freshly bleached hair and the effects the sun and saltwater would have on it. So I left for vacation with one very stern warning from my stylist “Keep your hair protected and covered!”
Prep Your Dyed Locks for the Sun
Keeping your hair completely covered from the sun is the surest way to avoid further damage. But let's be realistic, if you are going to invest in coloring you hair your are going to want to be able to show it off. Platinum hair can tend to be on the drier side, so conditioning is key.
Olaplex is one of the best products on the market (and highly recommended by salons). The bottle recommends leaving it on for 30 minutes, but after some research I learned that you can sleep with it on overnight. I've tried this twice and the results have been incredible. My bleached locks felt soft and healthy immediately after. In addition, I spray a generous amount of Pureology Color Fanatic multi-taking beautifier on after every wash.
Ditch the Baseball Hat for a Scarf
When I am running errands around SF I am a baseball hat girl. But for my trip I wanted something that felt more chic and interesting. I inherited a handful of silk scarves from my Nana years ago and decided to pack a few. Not only do they make great head covers, they also double as a belt with denim shorts or tied around the waist as a beach cover-up.
Pro tip: Silk scarves can be harder to tie and keep in place than cotton scarves. Pack a few bobby pins in your bag to keep the scarf secured.
How to Wear A Hair Scarf for Sun Protection
There are at least a half dozen ways (if not more) to tie a scarf for maximum sun protection that are both stylish and functional. My favorite is known as the "half knot hippie wrap". The key to the look is to not try to make it look too perfect. This style has a very boho influence and looks equally great with your hair worn down or in a low ponytail.
How to tie a hair scarf:
- Fold the scarf diagonally to make a triangle
- Fold over the scarf at the crease where the fold is to adjust for length
- Wrap around your head head starting with the scarf on your forehead and tie between your crown and the nape of your neck.
- For additional protection, tie your hair up so that it stays covered beneath your headscarf.
Optional: you can always tuck the pointed tip of the scarf into the knot to keep it down or from blowing in the wind.
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